Hiking in the Dolomites is a fantastic experience, from traversing perilous rocky mountain passes to finding picturesque alpine meadows, clean lakes, and breathtakingly magnificent circuits. Although the Dolomites lack height and grandeur compared to the snowy peaks of France or the gorgeous steep-sided valleys of the Swiss Alps, this mountain range in Northern Italy is home to some of Europe’s most popular winter resorts.
This page will serve as your comprehensive guide to the Dolomites, including when is the best time to travel, where to stay, and where to go while you’re there. Nonetheless, let’s start.
How to Reach the Dolomites
Venice (Italy) and Munich (Germany) airports are the primary international airports closest to the Dolomites. Airports at Treviso (Italy), Verona (Italy), and Innsbruck (Austria) are a few others. Traveling to Cortina, Dobbiace, Brunico, or San Candido from the airport will generally involve taking a bus or rail.
Characteristics of Nature
The Dolomites are home to a wide variety of flora and animals, and although it is easy to get lost in the larger-than-life panoramas, this fact should not be forgotten. Mouflon sheep, roe deer, ibex, and chamois live on the range in huge numbers; a lynx, brown bear, or golden jackal could even appear if you’re fortunate. As if that weren’t enough, the Dolomites are also home to a wide variety of plant life; in fact, it’s claimed that twenty percent of Europe’s plant species may be found in this area alone.
There is an excellent reason why nine out of the ten mountain ranges that make up the Dolomites are protected inside national and regional parks, and the whole region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are hundreds of stunning paths in the Dolomites just waiting to be explored, and everywhere you go, you’re almost sure to encounter tranquility, stunning natural scenery, and breathtaking panoramas.
1. Cortina d'Ampezzo
2. Val Gardena
3. Val d'Ega
4. Alta Badia
1. A.M. Trail (Adolf Munkel)
Hiking from Seceda to Pieralongia involves following the circular path that links the two hill stations and will enable you to take in stunning panoramas with minimal exertion. The Seceda Cable Car terminal serves as both the beginning and finishing location. If you’re searching for a climb that won’t break your back yet offers stunning vistas and plenty of rest stops, this is the one for you.
3. Mount Sciliar (or Catinaccio)
4. Lago di Braies
5. Cadini Di Misurina
Cadini di Misurina is a stunning mountain range in the Veneto region of Italy. The range is well-known for its rocky peaks, which resemble Mordor from The Lord of the Rings in many ways. Even though there are many stunning paths in the range, the two most popular destinations for hikers are the tops of the two highest peaks. It’s bustling, and you’ll have to wait in line to snap photos at the first viewpoint, so we wouldn’t suggest making the trip there. The route is narrow and potentially hazardous, and the lookout is a little knoll from which you may not be able to see very far on a hazy day.
On the other hand, the alternative vantage point provides an even more pleasurable experience with breathtaking panoramas (and fewer people around).